True Crime Online Newsletter - April 27, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Tennessee dad uses drone to follow daughter to school
A Tennessee father who used a drone to watch his 8-year-old daughter as she walked to school alone said he wants her to know "dad is always watching."

Chris Early, who owns a Knoxville video production company, said the camera drone he bought about a month ago came in handy when his 8-year-old daughter, Katie, insisted on walking to school by herself.

"She said 'you're not going to come watch me', but I had another idea," Early told WVLT-TV.

He said the drone turned plenty of heads upward when he used it to follow Katie on her walk.

"I could see other people looking up and I'm sure Katie was just like aw it's my dad," he said. "It was a way to keep eye on her make sure she was looking both ways. I let her know that dad is always watching."

Katie said she was not expecting the drone to follow her.

"I was like oh wow! He didn't tell me so I was pretty surprised," she said.

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Revenge porn victim: My naked photos were everywhere - 04/27/15
Every time she meets you, Nikki Rettelle wonders if you’ve seen her naked. Nude photos of her dot the Internet, still popping up years after an ex-boyfriend posted them. Rettelle is a victim of revenge porn, a kind of online harassment that advocacy groups refer to as “non-consensual pornography.”

Friendly Reminder: Sometimes Ladies’ Restroom Mirrors Are Actually Creepy Perving Windows - 04/27/15
You’re probably aware that most bar restrooms are not exactly sanctuaries, but one insanely creepy establishment in Chicago will make that time you dropped your new palazzo pants into a puddle of someone else’s pee feel like a transcendental experience. Cigars & Stripes is a bar and comedy club that boasts a funky two-way mirror in the women’s restroom that lets the owner watch you pee before he cooks you up his signature wings.

Immokalee football coach faces cyber-stalking charge - 04/26/15
An Immokalee High School football coach was arrested Saturday night on multiple charges including aggravated cyber-stalking, according to the Collier County Sheriff's Office. Andrew London, 46, was arrested by the Seminole Police Department on charges of violating an injunction against repeated sexual or date violence and an injunction for protection against aggravated cyber-stalking.

Kamala Harris Is Going After Internet Trolls, Which Is Great For Women And Great For The Nation - 04/25/15
At the Women in the World Summit (WITW) in New York Thursday, Ashley Judd and Anita Sarkeesian spoke out about the endless online harassment they’ve endured on a panel titled “Stop the Trolls,” describing times they feared for their lives and how their daily routines have been disrupted by online attacks. A fellow panelist, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, is trying to create a troll-free Internet, or at least prosecute people who threaten, harass, or exploit others online. Harris is leading California’s fight to punish online harassment, laying the groundwork for reforms needed nationwide.

Indictment accuses New Milford man, 65, of stalking, harassing ex-wife, others - 04/25/15
A New Milford man stalked his ex-wife and two other people ­ keeping dossiers complete with photographs of them that he’d taken himself and posing as them in online forums ­ which left them fearing for their safety, an indictment returned by a grand jury in Hackensack alleges.

Man on parole for choking woman arrested on cyberstalking charge - 04/25/15
A Chicago man on parole for attacking a woman was ordered held without bail Saturday on charges of cyberstalking the same woman, prosecutors said. Steven Tate, 25, was charged with cyberstalking after he sent threatening text messages and emails to a 23-year-old woman with whom he had “an on-again-off-again romantic relationship” that began in 2011, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Kim Przekota.

Woman convicted of harassment for posting anti-police graffiti on Instagram - 04/24/15
A woman who posted an image online of a senior Montreal police officer with a bullet in his head was convicted Thursday of criminal harassment. Jennifer Pawluck was charged in 2013 after snapping a photo of graffiti, which she didn’t draw, and uploading it to Instagram, a photo-sharing social media site. Quebec court Judge Marie-Josee Di Lallo said she had no doubt the criteria necessary to find Pawluck guilty of harassment had been met.

'Escape' button on websites aids domestic violence victims - 04/24/15
As a domestic violence victim, you are possibly searching the Internet for help. Problem is, you use a computer at your home that your abuser may also have access to. You don't want him or her to see what sites you have been looking for. You try to use the computer when he or she is not around but that is not always possible.

CPSO seeks suspect in cyberstalking case - 04/24/15
The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office needs the public's help locating a man wanted in a cyberstalking case. Michael Raymond Fremin, 54, is accused of sending harassing and threatening text messages to his former employer. He is described as a 5-foot-11 white male, weighing 170 pounds, with long gray hair that he wears in a ponytail.

Sex offender charged with allegedly stalking Bronx prep school - 04/23/15
A registered sex offender was hit with federal stalking charges after allegedly making threatening phone calls and disturbing online posts about prestigious prep school Horace Mann. Daniel Gruber, 36, a graduate of the Bronx school with a record of sexual offences, was arrested on two counts of harassment last week. On Thursday, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office added stalking charges.

Bedford man warns others off internet dating after being convicted for harassment - 04/22/15
A LOVE-struck Bedford man who ended up in court for harassing a Harlow woman he met through an internet dating agency issued a stark four word warning to others looking for love through the web. "Don't do it – simple," Cleveland Thompson, 35, said at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to harassing Harlow woman, Louisa Harpin, 32. Thompson, an office co-ordinator, of 55, Beaconsfield Road, Bedford, was warned by the magistrates that he was close to being jailed.

Man charged with sending obscene photo to woman - 04/22/15
A 36-year-old Cherryville man has been charged with disseminating obscenity by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office after allegedly sending a photograph of his private parts to a woman he was harassing. Ashley Dean Waters, of 1861 Wehunt Store Road, was arrested on charges of misdemeanor cyberstalking, making harassing phone calls and disseminating obscenity on Saturday.

Is Twitter Afraid of Its Own Platform? - 04/21/15
On Tuesday, Twitter released a blog post announcing a set of new policies targeted at mitigating harassment on its platform. My colleague David Auerbach has already parsed the new rules for clues on how Twitter is balancing its interest in user safety and its commitment to freedom of expression. I’m just as interested in the medium as I am the message. Have you ever noticed that Twitter executives prefer to talk about harassment on Twitter just about anywhere except on Twitter? Twitter CEO Dick Costolo took questions from Twitter users on CNBC last year; more than a quarter of the queries concerned Twitter abuse, but Costolo didn’t address any of them.


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